New York Jets lineman Quinnen Williams arrested at LaGuardia for gun possession

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  1. 4Rules

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    New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was arrested Thursday night for allegedly possessing a gun at LaGuardia Airport, according to Port Authority officials. Williams, 22, was about to catch a plane out of town when he was arrested at 9:15 p.m. for criminal possession of a weapon, an authority spokesperson said. Williams, who was drafted No. 3 overall by the Jets in 2019, had a permit for the weapon, but it was licensed in Alabama, the spokesperson said. Under New York law, it is generally only legal to carry a concealed weapon in the state if it has a New York license. It is unclear if Williams is being accused of trying to take the gun on the plane. Neither the Jets nor Williams’ agent, Nicole Lynn, immediately responded to requests for comment.
    https://nypost.com/2020/03/05/jets-defensive-lineman-quinnen-williams-arrested-at-laguardia-for-alleged-gun-possession/
     
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    Williams, 22, drafted third overall last spring, was carrying a Glock 19 handgun in a carry-on bag when he was arrested at the Delta check-in counter at approximately 9:15 p.m., a Port Authority Police spokesperson said. The gun was licensed in Alabama, his home state, but not in New York, according to police. One source described it as an innocent mistake. On Friday afternoon, the Port Authority Police issued a revised statement, saying Williams did not have ammunition in his possession. An earlier statement said he did have ammunition, but not inside the gun. That is a key point. Under state law, a gun can be deemed "loaded" if the owner is carrying ammunition in close proximity to an operable gun -- which potentially carries a much stiffer penalty than possession an unlicensed unloaded gun. New York City has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Williams' attorney, Alex Spiro, released a statement through the player's agent, Nicole Lynn. "Mr. Williams respects and follows the law," the statement read. "There was allegedly a technical issue with the manner in which the lawfully owned firearm was stored -- and we expect the matter to be resolved shortly."
    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/28847651/jets-dt-quinnen-williams-arrested-trying-board-plane-gun
     

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    Doesn't the National Felons League coach their thugs on how to check luggage?
     
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    Your sarcasm is wasted in this thread.

    Quinnen Williams is not a felon - he has a carry permit from Alabama - and he did properly 'check' his unloaded firearm with the airline. The problem happened after he'd done so, because the airline then involved airport law enforcement, and airport law enforcement then enforced New York State law, which proved problematic. The lesson for the rest of us?

    Unless you have a valid New York permit, don't try to check a firearm at LaGuardia.
     
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    "Quinnen Williams is not a felon..."
    I thought possessing a handgun in NYC without an NYC permit was a felony. :dunno:

    "... which proved problematic." I'd say so! :D

    "The lesson for the rest of us?"
    Got it - stay the [email protected]*^ out of New York, New Jersey, Conn, Rhode Island, Mass - oh hell, just stay west of the Mississippi and south of the Mason Dixon. :cheers:
     
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    You ran him through NCIC?
     
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    I thought he had the gun in his carry-on luggage.
     
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    Williams faces a March 25 court date, at which we will learn more. Police said the gun was not loaded, which will help Williams. If it turns out he self-reported carrying the gun, that should help him, too. This could go the same way it did for former Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who was arrested in 2013 for carrying a loaded gun at LaGuardia. He later pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and received no jail time.
    https://nypost.com/2020/03/06/theres-no-knowing-whats-next-for-quinnen-williams-after-gun-arrest/
     
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    Guns and NYC go together like peanut butter and dog she it.
     
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    I am sure there are many many many unregistered guns in NY, and not just by the gang members.
     
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    Happens all the time at New York airports. The Queens County DA will likely allow a plea to disorderly conduct with a possible "adjournment in contemplation of dismissal." Six month of good behavior and the conviction is removed. Of course there may be other circumstances to be considered.
     
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    I remember people saying that if you left your home state with a gun in your checked baggage (legally declared) and landed in NYC, they would get you for walking around the airport with a gun in your baggage after you landed. Could be something like that.
     
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    The people that issued his permit in Alabama did, I'm sure.
     
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    Well he might be soon if he does not get a good lawyer.
     
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    Does anyone know how to deal with a properly owned firearm in another state, properly stored and declared in checked luggage if you get diverted to NY and get stuck there overnight? Will airline hold your checked bag? Could you call the cops before you pick up the bag and get them to keep it for you?
     
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    Very true...and the larger point...just Avoid NYC altogether!
     
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    You drive to Pennsylvania and fly out of Philly. No I am not joking.
     
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    You organize enough political support to cause the Supreme Court to return to it's intended function and strike down all state laws that infringe on the citizen right to keep and bear arms.
     
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    That could be a while :)
     
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    Yes and no.

    1 - If you start a country by ratifying an intelligent Constitution, ideally, all additional laws would develop slowly over time. It's rare that a true need for "emergency" law arises. If the country gets off track, it will probably happen slowly. Putting it back on track should be expected to be a slow process as well. It is our societal expectation of immediate change and instantaneous results that opens the door to short-sighted governance and leads us down the path of irrational laws.

    2 - The role of the court is easily defined. All judges swear an oath to support and defend the law. Not "change" the law. The court has no authority to create or change law, but they have slowly developed that ability by abusing the privilege of judicial interpretation. Of all the problems we face, getting the court to stop usurping legislative power should be one issue that a majority of people can quickly agree on, so maybe it could be a (relatively) quick fix?

    2 cents.

    Thx,

    Dave